One of the greatest thing about Moodle’s Open-Source framework, other than the cost savings, is the ability to customize your online courses to your exact specifications. Hundreds of custom third-party plugins are offered for free by Moodle contributors, which once installed, can change the look, feel and functionality of your Moodle to suit your organizations personal learning requirements.
If at any point you have researched cloud hosted learning management systems, there’s a good chance you’ve come across both Moodle and Totara LMS. Moodle is the world’s most popular LMS, with over 85 million users across the globe. Totara was built off of Moodle’s foundation, with extended features designed for enterprise clients. While Totara has recently parted ways with Moodle, they still share many similarities. With such a common platform, how do you know which one is right for you? We’re here to help you, with a categorized full feature comparisons of the two. The categories are Course Creation, User Management, Mobile, Ecommerce, Standard Reporting, and Standard Integrations.
It’s an undisputable fact that online learning has been a disruptive force in the face of traditional, corporate training methods. Despite this, it is most effective not when it’s used as a replacement for face-to-face learning, but supplemented with it. In fact, access to online learning tools has spurred outcome-improving innovations meant to enhance face-to-face training.
If the benefits of cloud-hosted LMS solutions vs in-house instances weren’t clear, here’s another success story to prove the point. Continuum Managed Services is one global company on the list of many - like Mercedes Benz, TOMS Shoes, YMCA and WIND Mobile - who are gravitating towards cloud hosted online training platforms.
Jennifer Roadman, Continuum Partner Education Manager, knew she wanted to stick with Moodle. Happy with her learning management platform, she sought out an e-learning company with the expertise to not only host Continuum's LMS, but also one which could meet all of their needs for scale and performance capabilities.
Continuum selected Lambda Solutions as their hosting provider because of all that, and more - Continuum wanted a provider that would know Moodle inside and out, with the expertise and experience to support enterprise implementations.
But, you may be asking, why do technology providers need to think about Learning Intelligence? Can't they just provide good software and let the customer do the rest?
As an official Moodle partner, our Moodle experts regularly review plugins and advise our clients on which plugins to select based on their learning and training requirements. We’re able to test and recertify all new standard plugins to make sure we can troubleshoot any potential errors. Here is our tried and true list of Moodle plugins to enhance productivity.
Want the full list of our recommended plugins? Check out our Guide to Choosing the Right Plugins for Moodle & Totara LMS!
Topics: Moodle plugins
In the early days of nearly every software innovation, there tends to be a huge spike in provider’s trying to solve the identified market problems. Product marketers task themselves with creating new ways of explaining the innovation — sometimes using indecipherable jargon to explain it!
How would you go about completely transforming the world of education as we know it, by (literally, and figuratively) tearing down classroom walls, encouraging educators to quit the in-class lecture-style teaching methods they're used to, and have them assist online-driven learning without causing an outrage? Show them the data that proves how well it works.
As innovators in the education space, we keep an eye on emerging trends, terms, and technology in the industry. Here are some of the top education technology trends that have been on our radar recently!
1. Virtual Reality
While basic forms of virtual realities have been around since the early 90’s, a more sophisticated model is expected to formulate and take off in the next year or so. Students can “visit” places virtually that they do not have physical access to — historical times, monuments, under the sea, other countries, and even outer space. Virtual realities can take history and science lessons to the next level!
“Research and Markets” recently generated a report that predicts the learning analytics market to increase by over 25% by 2020 — that’s a quarter of the market, in just four years.
R&M analysts identify two major influences in this projected growth: a more streamlined focus on administration of budget, and an emphasis on personalized learning methods.
The first influence is more obvious to anyone who has used or managed a learning management system. With the right tools to automate reporting and analysis tools, less people time is needed to crunch numbers, correlate outcomes, make compelling visuals (graphs, charts, etc.), and derive insights. The software does it for you, across learning/training streams, courses, people and tasks.
But what about "personalized learning methods? " — what does this mean, and how does it relate to analytics?
Topics: lms reporting